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As coaching carousel madly spins, OR reportedly offers Willie Taggart new deal
04 December 2017, 03:32 | Jodi Jackson
SMU's Chad Morris, Texas ex Charlie Strong among betting favorites for Florida State job
While we're not going to take this as scripture that Taggart is 100% sticking at OR, it's been all quiet on the Western Front since the initial reports broke on Friday that his agent was negotiating with Florida State. If, of course, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher leaves the school for Texas A&M.
According to multiple reports, the school has offered Taggart a new contract with the hopes of keeping him in Eugene.
OR fans hoping Willie Taggart will remain in Eugene tried cobbling optimism from a tweet he sent out Saturday suggesting he was looking forward to the Ducks' bowl game and upcoming practice. Taggart earned a base salary of $2.9 million in his first season in OR, according to the USA Today coaches salary database.
OR went 7-5 this season, Taggart's first at the helm of the program. On Wednesday, Oregon reportedly offered Taggart a 5 year, $20 million extension.
Taggart is still believed to be the primary target in FSU's coaching search, though Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente and USF's Charlie Strong also have been widely mentioned as candidates.
What makes Taggart even more attractive to Florida State is a Florida-centric staff that includes ace recruiter and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal - the former head coach at FIU, and defensive coordinator/former South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt.
Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 293 yards in first 49ers' start
And San Francisco, despite some notable performances, can consider itself a bit lucky to walk away from Chicago with the victory. Garoppolo grew up a Bears fan but never attended an NFL game until he entered the league, so this was quite an experience.
UM to play SC in Outback Bowl
Michigan (8-4) had a disappointing regular season as they lost to Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. The South Carolina Gamecocks and Michigan Wolverines will play each other in the 32nd annual Outback Bowl .
Ending the weekend with warm and cloudy conditions
Temperatures fight a battle to rise as colder air funnels in behind the front, with readings fairly steady in the 40s to near 50. A shower or two could linger into early Wednesday morning, with partly to mostly cloudy skies hanging around into the afternoon.